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One man’s hobby: Soaring with the eagles
Summer is the time for daydreaming. Lie back in the warm grass and open your eyes, watching the eagles circle above. As you lie on Pillar Mountain, a red bird with a 10-foot wingspan joins them, circling and looping in the breeze above the mountain. Remove your sunglasses and you see that it’s not a bird — it’s a glider. It’s the daydream of 48-year-old Andrew Airways mechanic Chris Badessa. For the past 11 years,...
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Pier 3 project faces sandy dilemma
As the city of Kodiak gets down and dirty with its effort to build a new Pier 3, problems have emerged from the muck at the bottom of Kodiak's port. In a Tuesday night presentation to the Kodiak City Council, engineer Kenton Braun said the city will soon have to decide whether it wants to scale down the pier or add 10 percent to its $33 million price tag. "Soil strength plays into this a lot," Braun explained. Whe...
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State can’t find interim ferry to fill Tustumena’s absence
The state has struck out in its search for an interim Tustumena replacement. The Alaska Marine Highway System has confirmed that only one company responded to the state’s plea for interim ferry service between Kodiak and Homer. With the ferry Tustumena in dry dock until the end of July, only the ferry Kennicott will stop at the Emerald Isle during the peak of tourist season. With the Tustumena unavailable, the sta...
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Permit process slow with small staff
For the next few weeks, the Kodiak Island Borough’s community development department will be stretched thin. The department was already down a full-time employee after Bud Cassidy left earlier this year to take over as borough manager. It will now be down two full-time employees with the departure of acting director Duane Dvorak. The staffing shortage is expected to slow the process of issuing residential and deve...
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Police seek man on robbery and assault charges
A Kodiak man accused of robbery and assault is still at large. Last week the Kodiak Court issued an arrest warrant for Marcus Benton, 23, for his alleged role in two separate incidents. He has not been arraigned in court, but the charges he will face include second-degree robbery (a class B felony) and first-degree assault (a class A felony). According to court documents, Benton mugged a man around 9:42 a.m. May 2...
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NPFMC asks for more info as fish shift from Kodiak processors
After vocal protests from Kodiak fishermen and the governments of both the city and borough, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has announced it will take a deeper look at fish tendering issues in the Gulf of Alaska. With a 6-5 vote, the council approved a motion by councilman Duncan Fields to monitor the number and activity of Gulf tenders through the end of the year and report the findings at the counc...
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Coast Guard C-130s return to Arctic duty - UPDATED
Kodiak-based Coast Guard C-130s are flying under the midnight sun again after a winter of hibernation. On April 23, the Coast Guard resumed Arctic domain awareness flights — long trips from Kodiak to the Arctic Ocean that have a hybrid role. The aircraft are on call for search-and-rescue and scientific missions, but they also perform “show the flag” missions over the Arctic, demonstrating America’s interest in the...
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Sockeye bag limit increased for Afognak River
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the sockeye bag limit in the Afognak River drainage due to a surge of fish beyond the Litnik weir. According to an emergency order from Fish and Game, the daily bag limit has been doubled to 10 fish. The sockeye escapement goal for the Afognak River is between 20,000 and 50,000 fish. As of June 5, 10,750 fish had passed the Litnik weir. Based on past runs, this ...
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Kodiak groups receive grants from Alaskan Leader Fisheries Foundation
Fourteen nonprofit groups in Kodiak are getting a boost for special projects with the help of grants from the Alaskan Leader Fisheries Foundation. Last week the Alaskan Leader Fisheries Foundation announced it awarded close to $80,000 to nonprofit organizations in the Kodiak and Bristol Bay areas. The foundation, formed by Alaskan Leader Fisheries in 2000, has donated to Kodiak nonprofits for 13 years because many...
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Tuxedni crew to receive award for 2012 rescue
The crewmen of the tug Tuxedni are receiving a prestigious Coast Guard award for their role in saving the lives of the fishermen from the fishing vessel Heritage when it sank in January 2012. The tug Tuxedni responded to the Heritage’s distress signal and rescued five crewmen from a life raft. A Coast Guard helicopter rescued two other crewmen from Alitak Bay after the Heritage sank. The Gold Life Saving Medal wil...
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